48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob,
Israel, whom I summoned.
I am the one;
I am present at the very beginning
and at the very end.
13Yes, my hand founded the earth;
my right hand spread out the sky.
I summon them;
they stand together.
14All of you, gather together and listen!
Who among them announced these things?
The Lord’s ally will carry out his desire against Babylon;
he will exert his power against the Babylonians.
15I, I have spoken—
yes, I have summoned him;
I lead him and he will succeed.
16Approach me—listen to this!
From the very first I have not spoken in secret;
when it happens, I am there.”
So now, the Sovereign Lord has sent me, accompanied by his Spirit.
17This is what the Lord, your Protector, says,
the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18If only you had obeyed my commandments,
prosperity would have flowed to you like a river,
deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea.
19Your descendants would have been as numerous as sand
and your children like its granules.
Their name would not have been cut off
and eliminated from my presence.
Flee from the Babylonians!
Announce it with a shout of joy!
Make this known—
proclaim it throughout the earth!
Say, ‘The Lord protects his servant Jacob.
21They do not thirst as he leads them through dry regions;
he makes water flow out of a rock for them;
he splits open a rock and water flows out.’
22There will be no prosperity for the wicked,” says the Lord.(NET Bible)
33:1 You godly ones, shout for joy because of the Lord!
It is appropriate for the morally upright to offer him praise.
2Give thanks to the Lord with the harp.
Sing to him to the accompaniment of a ten-stringed instrument.
3Sing to him a new song.
Play skillfully as you shout out your praises to him.
4For the Lord’s decrees are just,
and everything he does is fair.
5He promotes equity and justice;
the Lord’s faithfulness extends throughout the earth.
6By the Lord’s decree the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all the starry hosts.
7He piles up the water of the sea;
he puts the oceans in storehouses.
8Let the whole earth fear the Lord.
Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him.
9For he spoke, and it came into existence.
He issued the decree, and it stood firm.
10The Lord frustrates the decisions of the nations;
he nullifies the plans of the peoples.
11The Lord’s decisions stand forever;
his plans abide throughout the ages.
12How blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession.
13The Lord watches from heaven;
he sees all people.
14From the place where he lives he looks carefully
at all the earth’s inhabitants.
15He is the one who forms every human heart,
and takes note of all their actions.
16No king is delivered by his vast army;
a warrior is not saved by his great might.
17A horse disappoints those who trust in it for victory;
despite its great strength, it cannot deliver.
18Look, the Lord takes notice of his loyal followers,
those who wait for him to demonstrate his faithfulness
19by saving their lives from death
and sustaining them during times of famine.
20We wait for the Lord;
he is our deliverer and shield.
21For our hearts rejoice in him,
for we trust in his holy name.
22May we experience your faithfulness, O Lord,
for we wait for you.(NET Bible)
13:1 Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 2The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray Jesus. 3Because Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4he got up from the meal, removed his outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around himself. 5He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself.
6Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash not only my feet but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” 11(For Jesus knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”)
12So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you. 16I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
18“What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who eats my bread has turned against me.’ 19I am telling you this now, before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I am he. 20I tell you the solemn truth, whoever accepts the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed in spirit, and testified, “I tell you the solemn truth, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed to know which of them he was talking about. 23One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was at the table to the right of Jesus in a place of honor. 24So Simon Peter gestured to this disciple to ask Jesus who it was he was referring to. 25Then the disciple whom Jesus loved leaned back against Jesus’ chest and asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus replied, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread after I have dipped it in the dish.” Then he dipped the piece of bread in the dish and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. 27And after Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28(Now none of those present at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. 29Some thought that because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, or to give something to the poor.) 30Judas took the piece of bread and went out immediately. (Now it was night.)
31When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 33Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, ‘Where I am going you cannot come,’ now I tell you the same.
34“I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.”
36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 37Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!” 38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? I tell you the solemn truth, the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!
14:1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. 3And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. 4And you know the way where I am going.”
5Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you have known me, you will know my Father too. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 9Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long and yet you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father residing in me performs his miraculous deeds. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves. 12I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.(NET Bible)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.
In his synodical sermon, which he wrote, not in 1512 as the Weimar Edition assumes, but in 1516 for the Provost of Leitzkau, he energetically declares that the work of pastors is the study and the preaching of Scripture. Here we read: “Therefore in this honorable meeting you may resolve many things and order everything well, but if you do not insist that it is commanded for priests, as the teachers of the people, to do away with all unauthentic legendary matter and to concentrate only on the holy Gospel and the holy exponents of the holy Gospel, to proclaim with a sacred reverence the Word of truth to the people and omit at last all speculations of men, or add them only in moderation, setting forth their difference, and thus faithfully labor for the birth from God—I say, if you will not devote yourselves to this with increasing zeal, then I say to you in all frankness everything else will be as nothing. For that is the chief thing that matters, that is the essence of a genuine reformation, that is the very soul of all piety. (15)
–Johann Michael Reu, Luther on the Scriptures
This daily Bible reading guide, Reading the Word of God, was conceived and prepared as a result of the ongoing discussions between representatives of three church bodies: Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The following individuals have represented their church bodies and approved this introduction and the reading guide: LCC: President Robert Bugbee; NALC: Bishop John Bradosky, Revs. Mark Chavez, James Nestingen, and David Wendel; LCMS: Revs. Albert Collver, Joel Lehenbauer, John Pless, and Larry Vogel.